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March 23
Law's words frame new play

March 2
Wary Catholics return to church

January 25, 2004
Churches report attendance up

January 4, 2004
Dot parish struggles to survive

December 28
Hudson fill-in priest welcomed

December 12
Law prays daily for diocese

November 22
Assignment for Law expected

November 20
Policies on VOTF reconsidered

September 19
Crisis issues in church's future

September 18
Meeting ban at parish is lifted

August 4
O'Malley given warm welcome

August 1
Lawmakers see shades of gray

July 31
An angry protest, and prayers
Voices of protest and support
Three in crowd bound in hope
At BC, optimistic students watch

July 29
Lay group to engage O'Malley

July 24
Many outraged after AG's report

July 21
Law to skip bishop installation

July 18
O'Malley invites Law, victims

July 11
Bishops seek private opinions

Earlier stories

Spotlight Report

Statement by Joyce Strom, president and CEO of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children


The Cardinal's resignation today is the most important first step in the healing process for the clergy sex abuse victims, their families and our communities.

Victims and children everywhere have been reassured today that, in the eyes of the public, no institution or individual is beyond accountability.

Back in March, we were the first organization to call for Cardinal Law to resign and for new leadership within the Archdiocese. We recognized then that healing for the innocent victims of the horrific clergy sex abuse scandal would not begin until those responsible for inflicting, covering up and in many instances lying about, the actions that caused their pain and trauma were removed from positions of power.

While we recognize that Papal acceptance of Cardinal Law’s resignation is a momentous and historic step in the reorganization, reconciliation and renewal of the Archdiocese of Boston, we strongly hope that it also serves as a lightening rod for making the absolutely necessary changes in overall church policy, from the Vatican on down, where protection and preservation of the church’s hierarchy, ideology and reputation are not more important than the rights and well being of the children for whom the church is entrusted to care.

Public intolerance of child abuse reached a crucial turning point with the clergy sex abuse scandal and the resulting outrage has culminated in this historic chain of events.

For us at MSPCC, this is a major step forward for children, as they see the public make demands for their safety no matter what obstacles must be confronted.

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